Mar 11 2012

Improving Your Photography Skills!

Published by at 2:57 pm under Better Photos

1. Use a Tripod

In order to produce the best and clearest photographs, you should use a tripod. A tripod allows you to stabilize the camera, so that your photos are not fuzzy or blurry. This is especially important if you are using a high-zoom lens or shooting at night, since small changes in the camera’s position will result in major blurring.

2. Consider the Weather

Overcast skies are perfect for black and white photography, but in color photography it can make colors appear washed out and bland. When the sky is clear, take advantage of the blue backdrop and try to include it in your photos.

3. Hold the Camera Properly

When you are taking a picture, your arms should be close to your sides. This will help keep the camera still and ensure that your picture turns out clear and crisp. Your non-dominant hand should also be under the camera lens to hold it steady as you snap the picture.

4. Use Macro Mode

If your camera or lens has one, use the macro mode to get clear close-up pictures. Instead of fiddling with the lens every time you want a close-up of a small object, simply use the macro mode. Using the macro mode will allow you to get clear, close-up pictures with a soft focus.

5. The Eyes Have It

If you are taking photos of people, give your subject(s) something to look at to avoid direct eye contact with the lens. You are sure to get more natural looking photos if you do not have them looking directly into the lens. Have them focus on something behind you or looking to one side or the other.

6. Learn Some Tricks

As an example … to shoot vintage-style photos, smear a dab of petroleum jelly on the outer edges of a lens filter. This technique blurs the edges of your shots, providing a fun, distorted look that mimics old-school photography.

Now Get Out There Shooting

Learning new photography skills and ideas is a lot of fun. As you have seen in this article, there are a lot of ways this can be done and no two techniques or cameras will yield the same results. There are also lots of customizable options that can work with your skill set and budget too.

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